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Looking for places to eat in either Little Rock or Hot Springs, or anywhere along I40 . Any type of food will do ....if you pinned me down , I would say catfish or BBQ...THANKS for the help .

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  1. pinotho, see discussion of various Little Rock and I-40 restaurants in Arkansas Delta topic in this section ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555007 ). Would recommend Cothams (especially the one down at Scott, little detour off I-40 just before Little Rock) for its goodness & uniqueness, if in area at time it's open (11A - 2P Mon. - Thurs; 11A - 8P Fri. & Sat.). I'd still give Whole Hog Barbecue in Little Rock a try despite my recent disappointment there. Ole Sawmill Cafe in Forrest City is good country cooking (both order & buffet, with catfish on Fri. & Sat.) and there is a good catfish restaurant at Caldwell community just north of Forrest City. You'll find good catfish restaurants all over the state, tho. Recommend Ed & Kay's right on I-30 in Benton (between Little Rock & Hot Springs) for breakfasts, plate lunches, pies. There is good catfish place right on north side of I-30 in Bryant (near Benton) but can't remember its name. Coy's Steak House in Hot Springs has excellent reputation, but my one meal there was worst steak I've ever eaten, with service even worse than the steak. Highly recommend Layne's Steak House in The Village at Star City and Backyard Barbecue in Magnolia if you should somehow get south of your mentioned route. Hope you have good trip through and lots of good meals in Arkansas.

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    1. re: foodisgreat

      just what I was looking for , foodisgreat.........can't thank you enough .

      1. re: pinotho

        Thanks, pinotho. As said, hope you all have great trip to Arkansas. Believe Catfish Barn is the name of the catfish restaurant I was trying to think of in Bryant. Along I-30 in Bryant-Benton area there is a big Brown's Buffet with lots of advertising. Have never been there but have heard widely ranging reports from good to awful. Probably one comment I heard, "OK if you aren't expecting too much", is most accurate. Believe likely you can do better. Both Little Rock & Hot Springs are full of restaurants of all sorts from plate lunch and "meat & three" types, barbecue, catfish, ethnic, to some really fancy, "gourmet", "big city type" restaurants. Just check around and you will find plenty places of all sorts at which to eat in both cities. Oh, just thought, don't know how I failed to mention McClard's Barbecue in Hot Springs. Definitely go there for some great barbecue (and also hot tamales) as well as for the experience - always crowed, rushed, but old, fun place with fine food. And in Little Rock you might want to try Doe's Eat Place - great burgers, tamales, etc. all the way up to huge steaks (have heard it's as good as the Original Doe's in Greenville, MS - which I've never tried). It's also in funky old building. Again, you all have great trip & visit.

        1. re: foodisgreat

          pinotho, I just checked some of your many interesting posts and see you are apparently from the Dallas area, so assume you likely will be traveling from Dallas to Texarkana, on up I-30 to detour by Hot Springs, and then into Little Rock. Unfortunately I'm not as familiar with that stretch of highway as I am with I-40 from Memphis to Little Rock, and all my directional references were in terms of traveling from east to west, whereas apparently you will be traveling west to east (which makes Cotham's at Scott just past rather than just before Little Rock). And if you had time, you could detour from Texarkana across south Arkansas to Magnolia and Star City to hit Backyard Barbecue and The Village Steak House and then go on into Little Rock, but that would definitely be a considerably circuitous, out of your way, route. A neat place along that route is Abe's Old Feed House at little community of Lawson just east of El Dorado - its a delicious catfish, barbecue (and many other foods) buffer housed in old country store at this little crossroads community. Only open Thurs. thru Sat. evenings.

          1. re: foodisgreat

            pinotho, I mentioned McClard's at Hot Springs this morn and just now came upon this North Carolina magazine list of "Southern Foods You Must Eat Before You Die"
            http://gardenandgun.com/stories/featu...
            and see that McClard's made the list with its "Spread" under the Meat section. Description is pretty accurate, and as bad as it may sound, it is actually quite good (tho regular barbecue plate better thing to have if just one meal there). See Craig's Barbecue at DeVall's Bluff also made the list. It's OK, but I'd never include it in such a list. See a number of other places with which I'm familiar. Some I agree with; others I don't.

            1. re: foodisgreat

              My bad. Somehow I messed up the weblink included above. The complete link is

              http://gardenandgun.com/stories/featu...

              Hope this one goes in its entirety.

              1. re: foodisgreat

                Sorry, somehow the entire weblink is just not going to post. If interested, just go to www.gardenandgun.com and then click on the "100 Best Southern Food Map" sticker in the upper right corner to get to the page leading to the article.

                1. re: foodisgreat

                  your link did work...interesting list , to say the least . Anyone else out there with any Ark thoughts ? I leave on Wed morning . THANKS. And a special thanks to you , foodisgreat .

                  1. re: pinotho

                    pinotho, just caught your reply. Hope you have great trip with many good eating adventures. Let us know of your experiences on this trip.

                    1. re: foodisgreat

                      looking for food stops along I-40 (literally the entire state). will have kids. thinking lunch/snack. this weekend. thanks

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        1. I was in Hot Springs a couple of weeks ago and heartily endorse McClard's. The pork and the tamales are both good, andit's really a good combination. We also ate dinner at a nice place -- Central Park -- where the food was surprisingly good. I had a very good rissotto and a shrimp appetizer was also vey good. We ate at the Copper Grill in downtown Little Rock, largely becasue it was pouring and I found a parking space right in front. It was just ok. I would try the Flying Fish downtown next trip.

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          1. re: dcbbq

            Flying Fish is UNBELIEVABLY good!